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ExxonMobil Is Still Funding Climate Science Denier Groups

Elliott Negin | Posted 07.13.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

ExxonMobil officials may hem and haw when reporters ask them if the company still funds climate science denier organizations, but the numbers don't lie.

Suffocating Freedom: Plastic Bags, California's Progress, and Polluters' Fight to the Death

Hans Johnson | Posted 07.08.2016 | Politics
Hans Johnson

When California responded to a pervasive and costly form of blight by enacting the nation's first statewide ban on throwaway plastic bags, the victory...

The "Fix" Is In: Tweaking House Bill 2 (And Workers, Too)

Harold Lloyd | Posted 07.06.2016 | Politics
Harold Lloyd

The North Carolina legislature recently passed legislation partially restoring state-law employment discrimination claims eliminated by House Bill 2. ...

O&G Industry Targeting the Last Vestige of Democracy: The Citizen Ballot Initiative

Michele Swenson | Posted 06.29.2016 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Industry has followed the lead of the American Legislative Exchange Council by seeking to place citizen ballot initiatives out of reach for all but the wealthy. ALEC advocates making it harder to qualify referendum language, and requiring supermajorities to pass an initiative.

Colorado Preemptions of Local Government: The Need for the Colorado Community Rights Amendment

Michele Swenson | Posted 06.28.2016 | Denver
Michele Swenson

The proposed Colorado Community Rights Amendment is a response to decades-long efforts to suppress local government.

Solicitor ALEC

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

Somehow, despite cutting public schools and the UW system, borrowing to fund transportation, and decimating the Department of Natural Resources, the GOP found a way to fund a new and largely unaccountable Solicitor General with several new deputies, charged with using taxpayer money to fight ideological battles in court.

Coal Companies' Secret Funding of Climate Science Denial Exposed

Elliott Negin | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Elliott Negin

Recent bankruptcy filings reveal that coal companies are still funding climate science denier groups.

Preemption of Democracy by ALEC, its Corporate Funders, and Republican & Democratic Corporatists

Michele Swenson | Posted 02.17.2016 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Message to media pundits: "It's the Corporatocracy, stupid!" Government has been coopted in service of the corporate bottom line, bought by the likes of the Koch brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council which writes model laws to supplant democracy and overcome the common good.

Ford Becomes Latest Corporation Dumping ALEC and Its Climate Denial

Nick Surgey | Posted 02.17.2016 | Business
Nick Surgey

Ford Motor Company confirmed to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that it is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that has drawn heavy criticism for promoting climate change denial and for opposing the development of renewable energy sources.

Corporate Interests Take Aim at Local Democracy

Mary Bottari | Posted 02.05.2016 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Across America, corporate interests are taking aim at local government. With Congress gridlocked and a majority of state legislatures controlled by right-wing interests, cities have become laboratories of democracy for progressive policies like a higher minimum wage, LGBTQ protections, or parental leave.

Exposing Misleading 'Business Climate' Rankings

Erica Williams | Posted 01.19.2016 | Politics
Erica Williams

The new website Grading the States: Business Climate Rankings and the Real Path to Prosperity debunks the state rankings from several organizations pu...

A Koch Industries Lobbyist Took My Phone! (VIDEO)

Connor Gibson | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics
Connor Gibson

The American Legislative Exchange Council's three annual meetings are quite the spectacle. This month, at ALEC's third and final meeting of the year in Scottsdale, Arizona, I had an interesting encounter with a member of ALEC's board of directors.

Major Electric Utility Dumps ALEC Over Clean Power Plan

Nick Surgey | Posted 12.08.2015 | Business
Nick Surgey

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has suffered the loss of another major corporate sponsor, the Guardian reported Tuesday, with the electric utility American Electric Power (AEP) announcing it will no longer provide the climate change denial group with funding from 2016.

ExxonMobil in Denial About Climate Science Denial

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

ExxonMobil's counteroffensive against allegations it deceived shareholders and the general public about climate change risks has a messaging problem. Company PR flacks just can't get their story straight.

Did ExxonMobil Just Admit It's Still Funding Climate Science Deniers?

Elliott Negin | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
Elliott Negin

Asked on PBS NewHour whether ExxonMobil funds climate change denier organizations to malign mainstream climate science, ExxonMobil's vice president of public and government affairs replied, "Well, the answer is yes... And I will let those organizations respond for themselves."

Ford Revealed As Funder Of Climate Denial Group ALEC

Nick Surgey | Posted 11.06.2015 | Green
Nick Surgey

A Ford spokesperson, Christin Baker, confirmed the ALEC grant to the Center for Media and Democracy/PRWatch, but said that the funding was not intended to be used by ALEC to block action on climate change.

Welcome To The Wholly Owned Koch Subsidiary Formerly Known As Wisconsin

Mary Bottari | Posted 10.21.2015 | Politics
Mary Bottari

Starting today, three bills are being rammed through the Wisconsin legislature that will put the final nails in the coffin of our state's long history of clean elections and accountable governance. Who is asking for these bills? Now we know.

Ohio Politicians on "Energy Mandates Study Committee" Took $830,000 From Dirty Energy Companies

Connor Gibson | Posted 10.16.2015 | Green
Connor Gibson

A wolf pack of in-state utilities and out-of-state petrochemical billionaires has attacked Ohio's clean energy law, threatening to kill clean jobs and wreak further damage on the environment.

12 Special Interests Waging Shady Campaigns Against Solar

Rob Sargent | Posted 10.14.2015 | Green
Rob Sargent

A national network of utility interest groups and fossil fuel industry-funded think tanks provides funding, model legislation and political cover for anti-solar campaigns

University of Kansas Case Exposes Koch Campus Strategy

Seth Shulman | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics
Seth Shulman

Documents released last month in the settlement of a lawsuit at the University of Kansas offer a revealing window into an underreported Koch brothers' strategy: targeted, politicized funding on college campuses.

Back to ALEC, Back to (Private) School

Rep. Chris Taylor | Posted 08.28.2015 | Politics
Rep. Chris Taylor

ALEC and its members, including the American Federation for Children (AFC), have become more powerful than our citizens' voices at the State Capitol. Despite massive public urging for adequate K-12 public education funding, Republicans legislators aren't listening.

Shell Leaves ALEC, Is Still Terrible

Derrick Crowe | Posted 08.27.2015 | Green
Derrick Crowe

Shell's extraction from ALEC is part of a larger ongoing effort to position the company as concerned about the environment, responsible, and supportive of efforts to mitigate climate change. Don't believe it for a second.

'Green News Report' - August 11, 2015

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 08.11.2015 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

The Green News Report is also available via... IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Toxic mine spill contaminates waterways across three Southwest states; On...

The Demise of American Democracy and the 2016 Election

Dave Pruett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Democracy in America is on life support. If we don't soon rally en masse to its defense, corporate interests will pull the plug. Sanders is the only candidate to fully realize what's at stake, to tell the truth, and to articulate what WE, the People, must do.

Conservative Group Wants To Preserve Freedom Of Choice -- Paper Or Plastic, That Is

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.31.2015 | Politics

Model legislative language proposed at a recent meeting of a conservative policy group would prevent cities and other local governments from banning o...